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Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Blue Don Pablo Collection
Ranked #50 of 112 Hotels in Punta Cana
Certificate of Excellence
Shamong, New Jersey
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Wonderful Resort”
Reviewed December 19, 2013

We booked our first vacation in 20 yrs. We went here before going to Belize. This place is huge, beach was okay, food was so abundant to much to choose from. All good though. It made you feel like a million bucks. Beautiful place clean, room was gorgeous huge bath tub now thats important being a mom of 7 I am lucky to get a shower at home. Very good value. Cheap if you ask me for 7 days including flight, food just under 2, 700 bucks. We saved for 1 year. I would go agian but I need to see the world now that my kids are older :) Hope my review helps.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Customer Servic... B, Customer Service at Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Blue Don Pablo Collection, responded to this review, December 20, 2013
Dear Guest,

We are very pleased to read you enjoyed a wonderful time at our Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection.

Thank you for highlighting our food, and the beautiful cleanliness of the place.
All-inclusive luxury hotels on the Dominican Republic with Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts.

Warm greetings from Punta Cana!

Vianca Graciano
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

We decided this year to travel to an all inclusive as our family Christmas and there were 12 of us all together ranging in ages 20-57, majority of the crowd (our kids) being in their 20's. After researching on Trip Advisor, chose this resort and have to say the reviews were accurate about it being a great place. This is a very big resort but can be like a smaller resort as it is divided into sections. We stayed in the Ambar section which is adult only but you also have access to all of the other parts of the property and restaurants. Ambar and Esmerelda are the 2 parts of the resort that are the closest to the beach. None is right on the beach as pools are between the beach and the buildings. Each section of the resort has their own restaurants and pool so if you wanted to have a "smaller resort" feel, just stay in your section. Lots to do at this resort if you choose. Beach is great, lots of chairs and shade and yes people do get up in the am and put their towels on chairs. I have to admit I am one of them because we were a large group but unlike some, we actually used our chairs! Occasionally you would see chairs with towels and no one ever came and used them. The workers were all great people- they work hard and the place is spotless. I have seen on past reviews that some people complain enough of them don't know English and if someone writes this I ignore their review because you are in their country- deal with it and have fun learning some Spanish! There are plenty of people that do speak English. Rooms are huge and the beds are very comfortable. Sitting areas in the rooms and shower and tub in the bathrooms which are large also make it nice. Pools are large and all had pool bars which is great. We ate at the buffets for breakfast and lunch and for dinner ate at the restaurants which do require a reservation. We emailed ahead of time and all of our requests were met which was nice. Buffets were excellent and so much variety. Love how they have someone standing in the doorway upon entering with hand sanitizer! Restaurants were all good that we tried. Most of our group played pool volleyball in the afternoon at one of the other pools and enjoyed that. Beach volleyball was also going on each day. At the front of the resort was a kiddie pool area with a large waterpark, large for a private resort and would be great for families with children. Looked like it would be fun. Also a putt putt course on the property as well. At night there is a show which changes- the only one we saw was the Michael Jackson and it was good. Never went in the casino but did go to the karaoke bar which was fun and at midnight the disco opens up. Lots of little shops in that area. They do have scuba on the property that cost extra but they have hobie cats and some other things you can do that do not cost extra.I would not hesitate to recommend this resort. We were in Building 65 at the Ambar resort. Good location. No complaints here! Sad to leave. Beach is beautiful and the workers are always working on the beach and the landscaping. If you stay in the Ambar section they have waiters on the beach for drinks. Not sure about the others. One thing that I have not seen in a beach resort was they had 2 handicapped spots on the beach that had a wooden walkway leading to the area where the chairs were to make wheelchair accessibility available which is nice if you need that. For comparison we have been to Sandals, Beaches, and Iberostars but will now add this chain to our choices as we were totally pleased. As far as Punta Cana goes though would choose this resort, the Luxury Bahia Principe over the Iberostar resort there. We drove through there on way to airport picking up people and the Iberostar did not look near as nice as this resort. I will add some photos once I upload them.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Customer Servic... B, Customer Service at Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Blue Don Pablo Collection, responded to this review, December 20, 2013
Dear Customer,

It is an honor to know that during your first visit to Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts you had a fabulous time. Posts such as yours inspires us to maintain the magic that makes our dear customers choose for their holiday destination this paradise name Dominican Republic.

We greatly appreciate that you have added this chain to your choices. All-inclusive luxury hotels on the Dominican Republic with Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts.

Kind greetings,

Vianca Graciano
Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort
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Rothesay, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed December 19, 2013

Just arrived home 18/12/13 from two weeks in paradise.

The Dominican Rep and the Ambar hotel exceeded our expectations. Food excellent ...main buffet restaurant top class and waiter service excellent. Dined at steak grill, Mexican these were lovely however Japanese restaurant excellent and best of all Don Pablo silver service FANTASTIC.
We went for my husbands 50th birthday his room was trimmed up with balloons and he was given a gift of fruit, rum etc which was a lovely touch.
I have to give special mentions to several staff....Juckson from animation team we really enjoyed his company he is a lovely person....Santa one of the waitresses in lobby bar what a lovely young woman always smiley as well as the lovely Ana I felt sad saying goodbye we really loved her. Also Nicarguy I think lady's name was also from lobby bar.
We loved Juan (number 1) who greeted us at breakfast with a Buck's Fizz and also served us in Don Pablo he is a star and totally loves his job.

We also became fond of Nelson round pool bar and beach bar always smiling and giving
us a high 5 as well as Kelvin at the beach bar he danced and sang to us every day and we enjoyed trying the Kelvinator drink.

I have never met such a fabulous bunch of people I wish I worked with so many happy people.

I am really saying on here do not hesitate to visit this luxury hotel IT IS FABULOUS I am booking straight away for next year it is the business for your chance to be truly spoilt.

We went on one trip on the Outback Safari best trip I have ever been on.....saw young children at school which really touched me and visited a typical dom rep house.

Dom rep people are the happiest, friendliest beautiful people we loved them. The customer service at the Ambar is the best.

We can't wait for next year. Well done to you all X

Room Tip: we were in block 69 very good location
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Customer Servic... B, Customer Service at Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Blue Don Pablo Collection, responded to this review, December 20, 2013
Dear Tracey,

Your fantastic unforgettable experience is a true statement of the dedication of our staff to guarantee that you have all the necessary components for a memorable stay. We don´t know how to thank you for such wonderful compliments. Thank you for mentioning the best customer service you have seen.

We are looking towards your next visit to thank you personally this wonderful comment.

Enjoy an all-inclusive holiday as a couple with Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts

Always at your disposal,

Vianca Graciano
Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed December 19, 2013

We stayed at Ambar for 2 weeks. The resort is absolutely great; the staff, the hotel, the room, the pool, the beach, the food and the drinks. Everything.
And its a really all-inclusive; you can get food and drinks, all included, 24 hours a day.
And theres no agressive timeshare sales people. And thankfully no VIP fuzz, only a privileged program. We did not pay for the privileged program, and still had a great relaxing holiday.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Fredrik H
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Customer Servic... B, Customer Service at Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Blue Don Pablo Collection, responded to this review, December 20, 2013
Dear Fredrik,

Please allow us to reassure that we are happy to read that with our impeccable service you felt that everything was excellent the two weeks you were in our Resort.
Looking forward to seeing you in a heartbeat! Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, all-inclusive hotels for your holidays in the Dominican Republic.

Warmest regards,

Vianca Graciano
Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort
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Paris, Canada
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Reviewed December 18, 2013

We cannot say enough about the Ambar; we cannot wait to return! We have never been to a resort where the staff goes above and beyond to please. In particular, the management was present and greeted everyone each evening. Everything was top-notch. We really enjoyed the food at the buffet and had to hold ourselves back from returning for second, third, and sometimes fourth servings. The staff were so attentive! We particularly enjoyed Kelvin at the beach bar - thanks so much for the custom-made mojitos and pina coladas :) We miss seeing Miguel at the beach buffet for breakfast and his excellent services and wishes of "mucho gusto!" as he brought us our morning mimosas to start the day. All our best to our fine Franklin at the beach - thank you for all that you do to make us comfortable at the beach. Thank you also to the room staff who added something special to our day everyday!! We would highly recommend this resort!!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank Valerie A
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Customer Servic... B, Customer Service at Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Blue Don Pablo Collection, responded to this review, December 19, 2013
Dear Valerie,

We are very proud to know that we have provided you the best relaxing holiday you have had. It is appreciative to read that you left with great memories about our special staff.
Thank you for your comments and for recommending us!!

All-inclusive luxury hotels on the Dominican Republic with Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts.

Kind regards,

Vianca Graciano
Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort
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Reviewed December 17, 2013

we loved it at the Ambar. we stayed from nov 13th - 27 nov. didn't want to leave. The complex is huge, but has its own transport inside little trucks that stop at shelters like bus stops. The staff work very hard to do what they can for you. The beach is a minutes walked right next to the ambar pool. The food was great a fantastic selection always and the ala cartes restaurants very good too. We didn't enjoy the santa fe restaurant at all. Are favourite would have to be the Don Pablo , we went twice the food was amazing and it had such a nice feel to it and the garden grill was excellent too. The only thing i can say bad about the place is that if you don't tip the house keepers daily then you won't get your mini fridge filled .

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank kawales1973
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Customer Servic... B, Customer Service at Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Blue Don Pablo Collection, responded to this review, December 18, 2013
Dear Kawales,

We are very pleased to read that you definitely would return to this paradise to enjoy a great holiday. Please allow us to inform you that tipping is optional, even not mandatory. We leave it to the consideration of each of our guests.
We would like to have the opportunity to welcome you once again and continue providing lovely experiences.

Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, your best hotel in Punta Cana.

Vianca Graciano
Bahia Principe Bevaro Resort
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Mississauga, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 17, 2013

We have been to the Ambar many times now and we continue to receive fabulous service in our rooms, at the restaurants and snack bars, at the pool. If there is anything we want, we can always count on our butler, Immanuel, to help us out. At the pool, we can always count on Elvis and Bianca to fix our drinks exactly the way we like them. The management, Leonardo, Christian, Aldo, are also willing to work with us. If we had to come up with a negative, it would be that the beach and pool chairs are always reserved, but I know management is working on trying to fix this. Overall, we love this place and will continue to go back every year.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Vera H
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Customer Servic... B, Customer Service. at Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Blue Don Pablo Collection, responded to this review, December 18, 2013
Dear Vera H,

We do not know how to thank you for this kind of comments. It is an honor to know that we exceeded your expectations again, and you are happy every time you come. The staff you mentioned will appreciate your nice comment.

Thank you for sharing your experience. All-inclusive luxury hotels on the Dominican Republic with Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts.

Vianca Graciano
Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort
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Property: Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Blue Don Pablo Collection
Address: Carretera Arena Gorda - Macao, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (Formerly Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection)
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Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Punta Cana
#12 Romantic Hotel in Punta Cana
#30 Casino Hotel in Punta Cana
#43 Top resorts Hotel in Punta Cana
#45 Spa Hotel in Punta Cana
#46 On the Beach Hotel in Punta Cana
#47 Luxury Hotel in Punta Cana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Blue Don Pablo Collection 4*
Number of rooms: 528
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Facilities and services 2 pool Sun terrace with sun umbrellas and loungers Relaxation zone with Bali beds Outdoor Jacuzzi BAHIA SPA (additional charge) Sports facilities: gym, 3 tennis courts, multi-sports court Water activity centre Motorised water sports (additionalcharge) WiFi access in the lobby (free) and in rooms (free) Entertainment amphitheatre Wedding gazebo 1 buffetrestaurant 3 speciality restaurants 4 bars 1 snack- bar Gazebo de bodas Smokers' lounge with bar service (cigar menu with additional charge) Punta Blanca Golf Club: 18 hole Punta Blanca Golf Club, designed by Nick Price (additional charge) Pueblo Principe: Shopping and Leisure Mall with local craft stores, live music, shows, stores, bars, karaoke, disco and casino. Rooms 528 Deluxe Junior Suites Room facilities: King size bed or two full size beds Ceiling fan Air conditioning Sitting area with sofa Terrace Fully-equipped bathroom with hydromassage bath tub and separate shower, hair dryer Bathrobe and slippers Don Pablo Collection amenities Direct phone line (additional charge for external calls) Alarm clock with iPod docking station Flat screen TV Coffee-making machine Minibar Safe Butler service 24 hour room service Evening turndown service Pillow menu 2 disabled rooms for a maximum of 3 adults Prime location right on the sea front Exclusive lake-style pool Aroma menu WiFi (free) Other services Medical service (additional charge) Pharmacy (additional charge) Specialised service for organising weddings, incentive trips, events and anniversaries Personalised menus (for celiacs, diabetics, etc.) Available on request ... more   less 
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